Have you ever felt like you have truly, deeply known someone, like you’ve known them for a thousand years?
What a gift it is to have the sense that you know someone, truly, deeply, know them. And to be known is also a great gift; to feel that someone else sees you, understands you, sympathizes with your struggles, and savors your triumphs.
One of the things that I have found most amazing about the experiences that I’ve shared with my fellow travelers at IAM Heart is that sense of knowing and being known, an incredible sense of connection that completely astounds my rational mind.
There is something magical about sitting in silence with a group of people who share the sincere longing to explore their hearts, in sharing a laugh together, in listening to a song or poem together, in sharing a meal together. These are some of the experiences I shared with my fellow seekers at a recent retreat. (For those who missed it, our east coast retreat is in June.)
I think one reason that longtime friends and family can give you a sense of peace and connection is that they know you, and you know them. But to truly be known means more than just what you’ve done and who you’ve been in the past. You have a future too, in which your being unfolds to reach greater fields of potential. Sometimes the people who have known you for a while don’t see that; for them, your past is too prevalent, and they cannot see the future you that is emerging.
There is something so precious about opening your heart, gazing into the eyes of another, and with love, respect, and courage, knowing them, and being known yourself. I hope you are able to experience that very soon.
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